Justin Cupler is the editor in chief of these TopSpeed.com pages, and he’s been a member of the team since 2012. Justin’s love for cars started back when he was just five years old, helping his dad work on his 1957 Chevy Bell Air and then his 1966 Chevelle SS. Justin’s love for car’s became a career when he began working on cars in the mid-2000s, then he moved into repair shop management shortly after.
After growing tired of fixing other peoples’ car problems, Justin earned a certificate in radio and television broadcasting, and dove into the world of talk radio and television. Following a short stint in radio, he then moved into the print journalism, and began writing for various automotive sites, including Cars Direct, Internet Auto Guides, Ebay Motors, and many more.
Justin loves his family first, but second in line is his 2004 Mazdaspeed MX-5 that he aiming to crest the 300-horsepower mark with. It’s a little rough right now, but we call that "character."
Wintertime is quickly approaching, and the last thing you want to do is drive your $250k supercar or $52 million classic racer through snow, slush and salt. So, unless you live here in sunny Florida or Southern Cali, your only real option is to load you precious in a storage garage, and park it for the season.
The issue in storing a car for months on end is that the fuel system can get excessive moisture in it, causing rusting in the tank, and the fuel-injection system or carburetor can get gummed up from oxygen attacking the fuel. You could drain the tank, but then you run the risk of even more water infiltrating the fuel system, plus the rubber seals in the fuel system, which are designed for constant contact submersion in fuel, can dry up and start leaking when you fire up the engine for the first time.
So, you may be in a panic now, but we do have a solution. Fill your tank 95 percent full with your favorite fuel and add the prescribed amount of STA-BIL “Storage” Fuel Stabilizer to the gas tank. After adding STA-BIL to the tank, run the car for a few minutes to circulate it through the fuel system. Then, your good ol’ girl is ready for hibernation. Come springtime, when you crack open the storage unit, you will be instantly greeted by the old familiar rumble of your car’s engine without even a hint of a stumble from bad fuel, varnish or water in the system.
What’s more, STA-BIL is good for storage periods longer than just one season. In fact, it will continue working hard to keep your car’s fuel system in top shape for up to 12 months.
Additionally right now, STA-BIL is offering fans on Facebook a chance to win an $800 storage shed and STA-BIL product by simply sharing a storage tip, experience or nightmare here and a simple “like” of their Facebook page. Good luck!
Shortly after BMW unveiled the 4 Series Coupe , the first details on the Convertible version were also dropped. The model will be making its world debut at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show , but BMW decided to stop making us waiting and came up with pretty much there was to known on the model.
The new 4 Series Convertible will be a cheaper alternative to the high-end 6-Series Convertible and the company hopes it will appeal to the younger crowd. The model took pretty much all its design elements from the coupe version, except of course the three-piece retractable hardtop that can be operated in only 20 seconds.
For the American market BMW will only offer two variants: 428i priced at $49,675 and 435i priced at $55,825. Sales will begin in the first quarter of 2014.
Updated 10/14/2013: This review was updated with the official details, images and specs.
Click past the jump to read more about the upcoming BMW 4-Series Convertible.
Cadillac unveiled a first ELR concept back in 2011 and ever since then everyone was pretty sure a production will also follow. Things got pretty clear in 2012 when a leak from OnStar confirmed Cadillac will dive into the hybrid realm with a vehicle not named "Escalade ." The model finally made its world debut at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show and according to the first official details we have, it offers "an unprecedented combination of luxury, advanced engineering and progressive design."
However, this is not the first time in Caddy’s long history that it’s tread into the economy car world. The first one was the laughably Cavalier-like Cimarron. If you recall, Cadillac was so embarrassed by the Cimarron that the automaker refused to call it a Cadillac and instead dubbed it the “Cimarron by Cadillac” originally. GM later forced a name change to “Cadillac Cimarron.”
Needless to say Caddy does not want to relive those days, so they took things pretty serious with the ELR. The model is being powered by the latest GM EREV technology that combined a pure electric drive and an efficient, range-extending 1.4 liter gasoline-powered electric generator.
Updated 01/15/2013: This review has been updated with the official details, images and video.
UPDATE 4/14/2013: Cadillac has just revealed the details on the ELR’s unique regenerative-braking system that allows you to regen on demand. See more after the jump.
Updated 10/11/2013: Cadillac reported today that the new ELR will go on sale in January 2014. The electric coupe will be priced at $75,995, including a $995 destination charge but excluding tax, title, license and dealer fees. After applying the federal tax credit, the price for the ELR could go as low as $68,495, including $995 destination.
Click past the jump to read the entire review to see if the ELR will end up on TIME’s “50 Worst Cars of All Time” list alongside the Cimarron.
After months of speculation, spy shots and “leaked” 3-D images raising the anticipation level and the excitement of the fanboy in us, here it is folks, The 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, and yes, the iconic Stingray name is back since it was last seen in the ‘Vette C3.
As promised, Chevrolet has taken off the wraps of what’s arguably one of the most highly anticipated cars in 2013 at the Detroit Motor Show. This is the day we at TopSpeed have been waiting for since all of this C7 talk started about a year ago.
Rather than calling it the “Corvette,” Chevy boldly calls it the “New Corvette.”Calling it “New” is absolutely correct, as everything on the car is brand new. From a new design to a new powertrain to a brand new interior, Chevrolet has revolutionized every nook and cranny of the `Vette. But it still has that modern Corvette philosophy that has been retained for the past six generations, maybe even made it better.
Click past the jump to enjoy our full review and check out whether we were impressed by the all new ‘Vette or if Chevy could’ve done better.
Updated 10/02/2013: Chevrolet released a series of new high res images - about 40 of them - for the new Stingray. Check the picture gallery to see the new sports car in various exterior colors.
Updated 10/10/13: Patrick Herrmann, technical manager at Chevrolet Europe, made a video explaining the Stingray’s new valved exhaust system. You can see the video after the jump.
We are all super excited over the Alfa Romeo 4C , with its sexy looks, stunning curves, lightning quick four-pot engine and a price point under anything that nears its performance credentials. We thought it was basically a slam dunk that it was coming to America, but there is now a little doubt in the air.
Recent reports claim that Chrysler and Fiat CEO, Sergio Marchionne, claims that Fiat S.p.A. produce the new sports car for the U.S. market without complete control of Chrysler — Fiat S.p.A. owns Alfa Romeo , and needs Chrysler’s cash flow and production capabilities to produce the 4C en mass. Currently, Fiat owns about 62 percent of the Chrysler and the remaining 38 percent is wrapped up in a union trust, and the union wants $6 billion to buy out the remaining 38 percent — Marchionne doesn’t want to pay more than $4 billion.
The only alternative to this buyout is to release an IPO that will allow the public to buy into Chrysler, but that would cause a huge conflict of interest for Marchionne and Fiat — Marchionne would want the share prices to go high to keep shareholders happy, but also remain low enough to allow Fiat to purchase maximum shares.
Most experts believe that the union and Fiat will come to an agreement somewhere between $4 and $6 billion for the remaining ownership of Chrysler, and that the IPO is very unlikely.
We couldn’t care less about the finances, folks. We just want to get the chance to buy the 4C, and soon!!!
Click past the jump to read more about the Alfa Romeo 4C.
Okay, so we all loved the Ford F-150 SVT Lightning from the 1990s and 2000s, but it was never really a useful truck. You couldn’t take it off-road; well, we’ll rephrase that to you shouldn’t have tried taking it off-road; and it wasn’t much for towing either. So, it was basically a sports car with a bed...
After discontinuing the SVT Lightning, following its 2004 run, Ford went to task developing a new SVT pickup that was everything the Lightning wasn’t. And now we have the SVT Raptor : a jacked up F-150 with up to 12.1 inches of suspension travel, a snarling V-8 engine with 411 horsepower, and likely one of the best-balanced four-wheel-drive systems in a pickup.
Well, being car lovers, what else could we ask for? For Shelby to get its tuning hands on this beast it push it to extremes so obscene that the FCC is investigating it, of course — 575 horsepower, to be precise, thanks to a supercharger and some other tasty bits. Unfortunately, Shelby is limiting this supercharged, baja monster to only 100 units, so you’d better get to buying before supply runs out.
For those of you that can’t swing the $60k-plus required to own this Shelby-tuned pickup, World’s Fastest Car Show from Motor Trend has a test video (above) that at least sheds some light on what you’re missing out on.
You know as well as we do that Justin Bell wouldn’t take the Shelby down a six-lane highway in Southern Cali and tell us how smooth it runs. Rather, he opted to thrash the Shelby SVT Raptor in a more fitting manner by taking it to the Vegas Off-Road Experience (VORE) and gave it the hammering that Shelby intended it to have. We’re not too sure if Shelby saw the video yet, but It either loved the fact that it got a good workout and video evidence of its performance, or it billed Mr. Bell for the massive wear and tear on the suspension, tires, engine and brakes.
Either way, at least we get a nice look at this rare Shelby rig. Enjoy!
The BMW X6 is no doubt one of the most successful models BMW has recently launched on the market. So, it should not surprise you the fact that more and more makers announced plans to develop their own version of the X6. After Audi has announced the Q6 , Mercedes has also revealed plans for a MLC Coupe-Crossover. Of course everyone saw that coming as there has always been a war between the three companies.
The future MLC will be built on the same platform as the M-Class, but it will be completely different. The exterior design will feature grille, headlights and tail lamps from the CLS limousine, while the general look will be a something similar to the X6. The model will feature the M-Class all-wheel-drive, but without the special off-road capabilities. Engine line-up will start from a standard 265 horsepower diesel version and will go up to a 544 horsepower one for the AMG model.
Updated 10/21/2011: During a recent interview with Automotive News, Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche has confirmed that Daimler AG will invest $350 million to produce a fifth Mercedes -Benz model at its factory in Vance, Ala., starting in 2015. This fifth model will be a coupe-like version of the M-class SUV that will most likely be called the MLC.
Updated 10/7/2013: In an interview with Car and Driver, a Mercedes executive reconfirmed that the German luxury car builder is still working on a competitor to the poor-selling BMW X6, but the MLC name remains unconfirmed. Mercedes is shooting for a 2014 delivery — possibly making it a 2015 model year in the U.S. — and is targeting the $60,000 price range. So far, all of the rumors are pointing toward this upcoming coupe crossover looking like an M-Class with a liftback-style hatch. We’re hard at work on a rendering, and we’ll bring it to you ASAP.
Click past the jump to read more on the upcoming Mercedes Coupe Crossover
Okay folks, two lessons that we can teach you in light of the above video. No. 1, T-Tops should be removed and metal panels welded in place if you plan to drag race your late-mullet-era Camaro . No. 2, if you choose to leave the T-Tops in place, do not attach a $200-plus GoPro camera to the T-Top, then go racin’; you’re just asking for trouble.
Well, apparently both of those concepts escaped the owner of this blue-highlighted-interior Camaro, prior to his trouncing by a Mustang in the quarter-mile. As this driver launched his Camaro toward the taillights of the Mustang, the T-Top let loose and flew about 30 feet — the video-creator’s estimation — in the air before crashing to the ground. The worst part was that the GoPro camera, which retails at a minimum of $200, was attached to the T-Top as it flew off.
The T-Top, of course, smashed into a million tempered-glass chunks. The GoPro camera, on the other hand, survived the crash and one of the track workers picked it up and jokingly addressed the camera.
At a first glance, you may think that this is an ordinary Audi S3 , but you would be wrong. According to our spy photographers, they initially caught this car testing on the Nurburgring and it didn’t sound at all like an S3, but more like a hot five-cylinder engine.
Also, the second day they spotted the mule again, and this time they noticed the massive brakes and the larger air intakes in the front bumper — these intakes are non-functional on the S3. This made it crystal clear that this is, in fact, the upcoming 2014 Audi RS3 .
Under the hood, Audi will place the same turbocharged, 2.5-liter, five-cylinder engine found in the TT RS (where it delivers 340 horsepower) and the TT RS Plus (360 horsepower). Taking into consideration that its biggest competitor — the Mercedes A45 AMG — delivers about 360 horsepower, we expect the RS3 to deliver about the same amount.
The Audi RS3 will debut sometime in 2014 in both three- and five-door configurations.
Click past the jump to read more about the Audi RS3.
SRT had to slow production of the new Viper due to slow sales, while Chevy is having the exact opposite issue. The seventh-generation Corvette — AKA the Stingray — is starting to roll into dealers now, and General Motors officials are warning that customers could wait up to six months to get their car keys and many are paying up to $20k over the sticker price to get one.
Apparently the new Stingray ’s $51,995 base price makes it quite a hit among customers, as Chevrolet’s General Marketing Manager, Chris Perry, says the company has "six months’ worth of orders" and there are some dealers that have already sold out their initial stock.
Huge technological and construction advancements on the Stingray , like the new, aluminum frame and the extensive use of carbon-fiber body components, are the likely culprits for its initial success. Of course, we’re sure the shocking new design, the improved performance and enhanced fuel economy have helped sell models too.
Though some customers are willing to pay more for the new Corvette, GM is "frustrated" over the premium prices that dealers are raking in on the model. Of course, the only reason GM is frustrated is because it’s not raking in these extra profits...
If you don’t feel like waiting, there’s plenty of Vipers to go around...
Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Corvette Stingray.